The Dentist(1996)(Review)[Weirdo Wednesday]
I feel like there is universally a primal fear of the dentist. You are completely vulnerable while a stranger does what they wish in a place where you can't see what's happening. Anxiety is allowed to take over here. But what if your dentist had the worst day of his life and unconsciously unleashes his rage on you?
Director Brian Yuzna (Bride of Re-Animator, Society) and producer Stuart Gordon (Re-Animator, Dolls, Castle Freak) present an unflinching tale of late 90s torture porn that dares you to look away. When a dentist comes home early and witnesses his wife giving head to their new pool boy, his inner demons bubble to the surface and enact their darkest fantasies on his wife, her new love, and many of his unfortunate patients.
The movie has a simple premise but it goes HARD on the squeamish visuals. We see everything from a sedated woman getting sexually assaulted, to unprovoked teeth extractions and reconstructive surgery. There's a few visuals that I admit I've never seen before that made my stomach churn - specifically one scene involving a grinder that meets the roots of the tooth. (Ugh... Shivers)
It's a fun, strange slasher flick of madness in the work place. Anyone who becomes suspicious becomes a target. And even the police are working on the case but it's hard to suspect a medical professional of conscience malpractice. We all have bad days, but some of us are better at dealing with it than others.
The gore is plentiful, the direction is clever, and it's a simple idea that is allowed room to breathe through it's creative premise. Full of visuals I've never seen before and a director who embraces wackiness, it doesn't let up until it's all over.
But it's not a perfect - or even necessarily fun - film. It was certainly worth a watch but I don't see myself revisiting it anytime soon.
"The Dentist" is now streaming on Shudder.
'Til Next Time, Mike Cleopatra